AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
UPDATE: Budget Measures Act Passes
2015-12-10 6:40:24 PM

The government's Budget Measures Act has passed third reading and will now become law. As previously noted, the bill, amongst other things, will enact a new corporate forfeited property law, give the Ontario Securities Commission more power, and provide a path forward for addi...





Federal Infrastructure Programs May be Delayed by Inadequate Data
2015-12-09 7:29:15 PM

According to briefing documents  leaked to the Canadian Press, the federal government's ambitious plans for investing in infrastructure may be hampered by a lack of data on the state of Canada's roads, bridges, highways, water and sewer systems. The lack of data is likely to ...





More Details on Ontario's Pre-Budget Consultations
2015-12-09 4:53:10 PM

Yesterday the Ministry of Finance released details about Ontario's pre-budget consultations. Similar to last year, the province is launching a series of consultations called " Budget Talks ." In particular the government is looking for information about how it can improve publ...





New Report Raises Questions About Municipal Pensions
2015-12-08 3:17:06 PM

New research published by the Munk School's Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) examines the organizational structure, governance, and, administration of municipal pension plans. The findings suggest that while municipal pension plans are largely in a satisfac...





Golden Horseshoe/Greenbelt Advisory Panel Report Released
2015-12-08 2:40:48 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has released the report of an Advisory Panel, chaired by David Crombie, that was tasked with developing recommendations as part of a coordinated review of the Greenbelt Plan, the Growth Plan for the Golden Horseshoe, the Oak Ridges...





Bill 73 Passes Third Reading
2015-12-03 11:07:51 PM

Bill 73, the Smart Growth for Our Communities Act passed third reading today and will now enter into law. The bill amends both the Planning Act and the Development Charges Act , and is meant to give residents a greater say in planning decisions and open up more opportuni...





AMO Presents Submission on Budget Implementation Bill
2015-12-03 1:30:14 PM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) has presented a submission on Bill 144, the Budget Measures Act. Bill 144 is an omnibus bill that operationalizes many of the promises made in the government’s budget, and carries implications for 23 separate pieces of legisla...





Auditor General Releases Annual Report
2015-12-02 9:49:46 PM

The Auditor General released her annual report today. This years report covers a wide range of issues from the province’s home care services to economic development funding. Notably the report provided the AG’s latest review of the Ministry of Community and Social Services’ (...





Nova Scotia Reforming Municipal Election Law to Make it Easier to Vote
2015-12-02 6:11:03 PM

The provincial government in Nova Scotia is considering changes to that province’s Municipal Elections Act, designed to make it easier for residents to vote in local government elections. Some of the changes include quicker residency qualifications (currently a person must li...





Municipalities Will Not Have Access to Land Transfer Tax
2015-12-01 11:08:24 PM

During Question Period today Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Ted McMeekin declared that municipalities in Ontario will not be given the option of using a land transfer tax. Minister McMeekin: Other than in Toronto, where the power already exists, our government w...





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